Just one day after parting ways with closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies have agreed to send ace left-hander Cole Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman and $9.5 million to the Rangers in exchange for Texas top prospects Jake Thompson (RHP), Jorge Alfaro (C) and Nick Williams (OF) along with minor league pitchers Alec Asher, Jerad Eickoff and Matt Harrison.
FInal deal and its a doozy: Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro & Jake Thompson for Hamels+Diekman+Cash.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 30, 2015
Earlier on Wednesday, reports surfaced that the Phillies and Rangers were nowhere close to a deal, but that changed in less than five hours. Selected in the first round of the 2002 draft, Hamels has earned plenty of accolades as a member of the Phillies, most notably the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 World Series. Hamels departs the Philadelphia Phillies just days after tossing a no-hitter, striking out 13 Cubs in the process. He ranks third on the Phillies all-time strikeout list behind Robin Roberts and Steve Carlton.
Left-hander Jake Diekman is also headed to the Rangers in the deal. The 28-year-old reliever went 2-1 with a 5.15 ERA with the Phillies this season, struggling with strike zone command. A change of scenery could be good for Diekman, who still has the potential to be a nice bullpen arm for the Rangers.